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College Soccer News – National Team Of The Week – Week Ending September 18, 2016

Albert Ruiz – Junior – Forward – FGCU Ruiz netted a hat trick to help power FGCU past UNCW 5-0. His first goal was skillfully placed just inside the left post after receiving a throw in from teammate Preston Kilwien. His second goal came after receiving a long ball over the top from goalkeeper Sawyer Jackman. Ruiz's third strike was a one-timer to the back post from in front of the goal mouth after receiving a pass from teammate Justin Gavin. FGCU also defeated UCF 3-1 on Wednesday night.  After beginining the season with two losses and a tie, the Eagles have now won four straight to improve to 4-2-1. 
Niko Hansen – Senior – Forward – New Mexico Hansen came up big for the Lobos again this week netting a hat trick in their 3-1 win on the road win over UC Irvine. Hansen's first goal came after he made a nice move to create the space he needed to thread a shot into the net at close range. His second goal came after receiving a pass from Simon Spangenberg. Hansen netted his third goal when he controlled the deflection of teammate Sam Gleadle's shot and sent it back into the frame. New Mexico has now won five in a row to improve to 5-2-0 after beginning the season with 1-0 losses to Indiana and Notre Dame. 
David Goldsmith – Senior – Forward – Butler  Goldsmith earns back-to-back spots on the CSN National Team of the Week after finding the back of the net twice including the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-2 victory on the road over Big East foe Villanova.  Goldsmith also contributed the helper on teammate Marco Charalambous' goal. Butler improves to 5-0-1 overall with a 1-0-0 mark in conference play.  
Blake Elder – RS Junior – Forward – Denver Elder made the runs he needed to make to be in the right place at the right time to score two crucial goals this week for Denver. He scored the insurance goal with a double assist from teammates Sam Hamilton and Graham Smith in Denver's 2-0 win over Saint Louis. Elder also scored the game winning goal in the eighty-seventh minute of play in Denver's 1-0 win over North Florida. The game-winning goal was set up by a nice combination of passes from Hamilton and Andre Shinyashiki.  Denver coach Jamie Franks stated, "He (Elder) continues to put himself in great spots and he's got the reward he's deserved from that during this homestand."  Denver improves to 7-0-1.
Ezana Kahsay – RS Sophomore – Forward – Akron Kahsay scored the second goal in Akron's 2-0 win over U.C. Santa Barbara when he controlled the deflection of teammate Jonathan Lewis' shot inside the box and drove it back into the net. He also sent a one timer into the back of the net from five yards out after receiving a cross from senior defender Brad Ruhaak in the eighty-eighth minute to give Akron the edge they needed to top Tulsa 2-1 on the road. The Zips have won three straight to improve to 5-2-0, 
Christian Thierjung – Senior – Midfielder – California Thierjung is a playmaker. He converted a penalty kick in California's 2-0 win over Omaha. He then had an unbelievable five goal game to power the Golden Bears past Harvard 6-2 scoring in the 26th, 50th, 57th, 72nd, and 75th minutes. California improves to 3-2-1 overall.  
Jorge Gomez Sanchez – Senior – Midfielder – Temple Sanchez produced a hat trick to lead Temple past Fairfield 4-0. He deftly sloted his first goal of the evening into the back of the net after a combination of passes from teammates Kevin Klett and Joonas Jokinen set up the goal.  Sanchez then alertly placed the rebound of teammate Joonas Jokinen shot into the back of the goal to tally his second goal of the evening. His third goal of the contest came after receiving a cross from freshman midfielder Albert Moreno. Sanchez scored two goals in Temple's 3-2 loss earlier in the week to rival Drexel. Sanchez has scored a total of nine goals to date. The Owls are 5-2-0.  
Chris Ramsell – Senior – Midfielder – High Point University  The senior linkman from Scottsdale, Arizona had a two goal and one assist evening to help High Point University come from two goals down on the road to secure a 4-2 victory over USC Upstate. Ramsell converted a penalty kick and scored out of a corner kick. He also contributed the assist on senior defender Erien Campbell's game-winning goal to play a key role in the win. Ramsell has netted four goals and contributed two helpers to date. The Panthers improve to 5-0-1 overall. 
Brian Iloski – RS Junior – Midfielder – UCLA Iloski has been a difference maker and playmaker for the Bruins. He drew a foul just outside the box with five seconds remaining in regulation in UCLA's contest with UC Santa Barbara and then skillfully and decisively placed a free kick over the Gaucho wall and just under the crossbar to knot the score at 1-1 to send the match into overtime where Jackson Yueill scored to give UCLA a 2-1 win on the road over a very good UC Santa Barbara team. Iloski also contributed the assist on teammate Willie Raygoza's first goal in UCLA's 4-0 thumping of CSUN. The Bruins are now  4-1-1 overall. 
Chase Clack – Junior – Defender – ETSU Clack anchored the center of a rock solid ETSU defense that shutout highly regarded and previously undefeated North Carolina 1-0. Jonny Sutherland had three saves in goal and Fletcher Ekern produced the the game-winner in that contest. Clack also converted a header out of a free kick with an assist from forward Cameron Woodfin to net the lone goal in ETSU's 1-0 shutout victory over UNC-Asheville. ETSU improves to 4-2-0.  
Matej Dekovic – Senior – Defender – Charlotte Dekovic converted a header out of a corner kick served in by Brandt Bronico to give the 49ers the edge they needed to top Coastal Carolina 1-0. He also was a key part of a stout 49er defense that shutout Coastal Carolina as well as Old Dominion 2-0 on the road in a key Conference USA contest. Junior Harrison Steadman netted both of the goals in the win over ODU. The 49ers are off to an impressive 4-0-0 start during which time they have yet to allow an opponent to score. 
Stefan Cleveland – Grad. Student – Goalkeeper – Louisville  The two-time First Team All-Ivy League selection and the 2015 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year had a big week between the pipes for Louisville. He had two saves in goal to anchor a solid defense that shutout Xavier 2-0. He also recorded a three save evening that included a leaping one-handed save to give the Cardinals the edge they needed to top highly regarded Notre Dame 1-0 behind a goal from junior forward Mohamed Thiaw.  Cleveland has anchored a defense that has allowed just two goals in seven contests for a 0.28 goals against average. Louisville is now 5-1-1 overall with a 2-0-0 mark in ACC play. 




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